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Okay, posting this for a friend... >.>

Does anyone know any random things that happened in US history? Pre-1776, year/name of fact...

If you know any history nerds, link them?

*okay, it can be after 1776, but that stuff's more, like, important atm.

*is lame*


Sep. 6th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)

In late May 1765, Patrick Henry persuaded the Virginia House of Burgesses to adopt several strongly worded resolutions. The Virginia Resolves, as they were known, were passed on May 30, 1765, and denied Parliament's right to tax the colonies under the Stamp Act.

Before 1600:

* 1492-Christopher Columbus lands on one of the Bahamas Islands, discovering the New World for 15th century Europe
* 1494-Treaty of Tordesillas divides the New World between Spain and Portugal
* 1497-John Cabot is the first European since the Vikings to reach the North American mainland, which he claims for England


* 1513-Vasco Núñez de Balboa crosses isthmus of Panama, sees Pacific Ocean
* 1513-Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain
* 1519-Hernán Cortés defeats Tlaxcala, a small state neighboring the Aztec empire
* 1520s-Spanish begin conquest of Maya civilization
* 1521-Cortes destroys the Aztec empire
* 1524-Giovanni da Verrazano, working for France, explores coastline from present-day North Carolina to Maine
* 1542-Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River, strengthening Spanish claims to the interior of North America
* 1570s-Iroquois League founded
* 1587-Sir Walter Raleigh founds Roanoke Colony, the first English settlement in the New World, in the Virginia territory
* 1590-Roanoke found deserted

* 1607-Settlement of Popham Colony in Maine
* 1608-Popham Colony dissolved
* 1608-French establish colony at Quebec
* 1609-Henry Hudson, hired by the Dutch, explores the present-day Hudson River
* 1609-The United Provinces (the Netherlands) lays claim to the Hudson Valley area


* 1612-Tobacco cultivation introduced to Jamestown by John Rolfe
* 1614-First Anglo-Powatan War Ends
* 1619-First African slaves arrive at Jamestown
* 1619- Virginia House of Burgesses established


* 1620-Pilgrims arrive from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower. They found Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts; Mayflower Compact signed
* 1624-New Netherlands founded by the Dutch West India Company in present-day New York state
* 1624- Virginia becomes a royal colony
* 1626-New Amsterdam founded by the Dutch in present-day New York City
* 1629-Massachusetts Bay Colony founded, led by John Winthrop


* 1630-Winthrop Fleet travels to Massachusetts Bay Colony
* 1634-Province of Maryland founded
* 1634-Roger Williams banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony
* 1635-Connecticut Colony founded
* 1636-Rhode Island Colony founded by Roger Williams
* 1636-Harvard College founded
* 1637-New Haven Colony founded
* 1638-Delaware Colony founded
* 1638-New Sweden established
* 1639-Fundamental Agreement of the New Haven Colony signed
* 1639-Fundamental Orders of Connecticut adopted


* 1643-New England Confederation created
* 1649-Maryland Toleration Act